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Ask Slashdot: Best App For Android For Remote Access To Mac Or PC?

NoobixCube Jump RDP (165 comments)

When I was working for a small IT shop, I was using Jump RDP to access clients' computers from my tablet when we already had them set up with RDP access. Now, the cool thing about Jump RDP is, for computers without a static IP address, it has a companion app which you install on the computer which uses your email address to negate the need for the static IP. Further, if you don't have RDP set up on a computer for whatever reason, it can install a VNC server, and Jump RDP will connect by that. When I bought it, it only cost me $1. I think there's a free preview version, and I'm not sure if the price of the paid one is the same now, but I've found it to be pretty useful and effective.

The big problem with most remote access solutions for tablets is the user experience. Jump covers this by having a little handle under the mouse cursor you can drag around, instead of having to poke-and-pray, given the imprecise nature of the finger tip.

about 7 months ago

I'd rather be spied on by ...

NoobixCube Re:Google Plus (324 comments)

And by extension, every government of each country in which they operate.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

NoobixCube Re:welcome to the socialist wonderland (206 comments)

It's entirely disingenuous to just look at the exchange rate and figure we're paid twice what the US is. I bet I can afford less with my $37,000 a year than an American could buy with his $18,000.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Keeping Digital Media After Imaging?

NoobixCube Re:The contents, not the container (122 comments)

Responsibility for backups should be handled by the Department of Redundancy Department.

1 year,1 day

Breaking Up With MakerBot

NoobixCube Re:It is a MakerBot after all (185 comments)

Because vendor support on their forums amounts to "if you're getting curling, your platform isn't leveled correctly". There are various warranty-voiding mods people have made to the Up Mini to make it a passable machine, such as glass build plates, and variable resistors introduced on the thermal sensors so you can TRICK it into going to the temperature you actually want. It seemed like too much work to put into a printer billed as the ultimate solution for someone who just wants to plug it in and go.

1 year,21 days

Breaking Up With MakerBot

NoobixCube Re:It is a MakerBot after all (185 comments)

I had the reverse problem. My Up Mini is virtually useless to me. Firstly, I'm not sure if the build plate is heating adequately, and I can't change that temperature. Secondly, I can't print in PLA to combat curling, since the PLA I can buy just burns in the nozzle and clogs it (and you can't adjust the extruder temperature, either. It has an ABS mode, calibrated for THEIR ABS, and a PLA mode, calibrated for THEIR PLA, which was not available. Both about 30 C higher than the competitors' filament). Thirdly, that damned nine point software levelling system is a pain, and if you get it slightly wrong, you lose your levelling the next time you go to tweak it. Some of my problems with curling and adhesion I can put down to humidity, because I see a lot of steam coming from my Up Mini, a puff of it every couple of seconds. I do live in the tropics, and have no control over the humidity in my house, so I'm resigned to that.

My Replicator 2, on the other hand, although I've only had it a week, I am amazed with it. Even on low quality, it outdoes the best I ever got out of my Up Mini in both speed and overall print quality. I noticed my platform wasn't quite level while I was printing (the raft was getting a little scuffed as the nozzle ran over it), so I tweaked the levelling knobs on the fly (probably shouldn't have, but it worked), twiddled the knobs at each level by feel until the faint tak-tak-tak of the extruder hitting plastic stopped, and the dragon came out fine at 0.2mm layer height. On the Up Mini, every time I screwed up the levelling, that involved cancelling the print, throwing out the wasted plastic, redoing the levelling from scratch, starting it again, and hoping the print sticks and doesn't curl this time. If I had the nozzle close enough to really get the plastic into the perfboard, it would scratch the previous layers on the next layer. If I had it at the right level, there was never enough adhesion on the platform. I just didn't have the patience for it.

1 year,22 days

Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

NoobixCube Re:Joss Whedon's Star Wars (816 comments)

No, Joss Whedon is the same as George Lucas: they both work well with supervision. Compare the Firefly comics with the series, so many things are just out of character and wrong in the comics, because Joss was unsupervised.

Compare the old trilogy to the new: When George Lucas was doing the old trilogy, he was a young upstart with a niche artsy film to his name (American Graffiti). He was surrounded by people who weren't afraid to say "No, George, that's a stupid idea". Flash forward to the turn of the century, and you have George Lucas surrounded by sycophants saying "Yes, Mr. Lucas, sir! You're a visionary!"

Joss Whedon's Star Wars would be a bigger disaster than three episodes about Jar Jar.

about a year and a half ago

Over 60% of Android Malware Hides In Fake Versions of Popular Apps

NoobixCube The solution, of course... (111 comments)

The solution, of course, will be to buy Macafee's Android security offerings.

about 2 years ago

ASIC Seeks Power To Read Your Emails

NoobixCube Re:ASIC SEC? (114 comments)

ASIC is the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. The SEC is The Securities and Exchanges Commission.

about 2 years ago

The Algorithmic Copyright Cops: Streaming Video's Robotic Overlords

NoobixCube Unfortunately (194 comments)

Unfortunately, this has only agitated people who already were against automated copyright filtering and DRM. It's like telling eskimos snow is cold. No, we'll have to wait until the MTV music awards are knocked offline by copyright bots before anybody who didn't already know about them gets wind of it.

about 2 years ago

Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

NoobixCube Re:Condenced truth for the haters. (1184 comments)

Everything that made the first iPhone look distinctive, like the silver borders, prominent home button, the large screen, and the rounded edges, someone else had done first, in the days before prominent touch screens. All of the stylistic similarities of JUST THE HARDWARE between the original Samsung Galaxy S, and the iPhone 3GS were very common Samsung design decisions prior to the release of the iPhone. Everything that made the Samsung Galaxy look like an iPhone, Samsung did before there was an iPhone. About the only thing Samsung did to make the UI more iPhone-like was put more vibrant colours in the icons. The default Google ones were all washed out blue-grey tones.

If you deny this, you are a moron that lacks basic rational facilities, or perhaps never owned a phone before 2007.

about 2 years ago

Why There Are Too Many Patents In America

NoobixCube Re:Were I dictator: (189 comments)

To construct this, I built it the way you would the rules of a game, or the rules text on, say, a Magic: the Gathering card. Sometimes i think game designers should write the law, because their job is to ensure everything interacts predictably.

about 2 years ago

Why There Are Too Many Patents In America

NoobixCube Were I dictator: (189 comments)

The way I would have the patent system work, were I in a position to change it, is thus:

A patent application would grant five years of exclusivity prior to implementation. If the company implemented the patented idea before the five years expired, this period would end.

The next phase would be a further five years of market protection. No company would be permitted to sell a product or service using this patent for a further five years from market launch of the patentor's idea, without paying appropriate royalties or licensing fees.

If the first period expires without a marketable product being released, nobody gets the market protection. This cuts down on patent-trolls who just store up patents for later weaponisation, and encourages constant innovation and development. Five years is a huge lead time to have on your competition in the market, huge, and to try and snag this five year lead, developers will always want to be the one to launch the next big thing.

about 2 years ago

Hacker Group Demands "Idiot Tax" From Payday Lender

NoobixCube Re:Customers? (263 comments)

A farmer might protect his cattle herd, doesn't mean he isn't going to eat them.

more than 2 years ago

Judge Posner To Apple & Motorola: Go Home

NoobixCube Re:You shouldn't.. (63 comments)

I think, also, those with very high Karma can sometimes get a story early for free. I've posted on red-header stories, before, and I'm not a subscriber.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Sues Aussie Patent Office In Apple Suit, Apple Sues Back

NoobixCube Re:Thanks for the heads up, Apple (160 comments)

If I were in charge of Samsung, I'd have had "supply difficulties" long ago, around about the time of each new lawsuit. It would be hard to prove a deliberate malicious reduction in supply, and furthermore, hard to say if that's in fact, illegal. Nobody is forcing Apple to use parts made by their primary competitor.

more than 2 years ago

I typically interact with X-many OSes per day:

NoobixCube A lot... (280 comments)

Aside from the machines I personally use, that is my work PC running Windows XP, and my two laptops at home running Windows 7 and Mint, each, my Android phone and my Android tablet (Gingerbread and ICS, respectively), I also use a lot of bootable tools at work (I repair computers).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

NoobixCube Re:Business only! (732 comments)

Indeed, when I was selling phones, I found it easier to give customers something close to what they wanted, because there was a lot of variety. Selling computers, I have to think "Well what do you want from me? The ones over here run Windows 7 Home Premium, these ones over here run Pro, both sets are split about 50/50 for mediocre and high power machines, and the only differentiating features are really whether or not it has bluray or an SSD on board!"

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

NoobixCube Re:Business only! (732 comments)

Full disclosure, I sell these where I work, but the Toshiba Tecra series ticks all the boxes you mentioned. There is an SSD model, fairly standard GPU, Core i5 processors, and optical drives. Battery life is a bit better, too, being as you're not wasting power spinning metal platters.

more than 2 years ago

DreamHammer Wants To Corner the Drone OS Market

NoobixCube Re:The prophecy of the Simpsons. (125 comments)

Also worth noting, Gundam Wing and Gundam 00 both made it plain how positively evil an unmanned army can be. Gundam Wing with the Mobile Dolls, unmanned mobile suits with one guy at the button, and Gundam 00 with the Automatons, little hyper-aggressive R2D2 like things, loaded up with guns, they seem to have two modes, exterminate, and off. They get dropped on civilian and military targets alike, one guy pushes a button, nobody feels anything when thousands die.

People are fond of the phrase, here "1984 was not an instruction manual", I personally favour saying "The bad guys in Gundam are not a positive role model for governments!"

more than 2 years ago


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So, I have a journal?

NoobixCube NoobixCube writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So, I have a journal? I knew I had one, but what's the point? I've never gone through browsing other people's journals before. Does anyone do that?

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